As voting in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha election in the country is underway, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has targeted Union Minister Smriti Irani on her allegation of booth capturing. On Monday, hours after the voting began, Irani took to Twitter to allege that Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party is partaking in booth capturing, following which the Congress party held a press conference and called Irani a 'cry baby'.
In the press conference, Sidhu who has raked up controversy on multiple occasions during the elections, said that Irani has never won an election and therefore she is behaving like a cry baby. He was responding to Irani's claim of booth capturing in Gauriganj town of Amethi district.
He said: "Smriti has never fought an election. When you fought election for the first time, you were BA pass, the second time you were 12th pass, now it seems she has become KG class child, behaves like a cry-baby. Keeps on crying on every issue. In Chandni Chowk, she was defeated by a margin of more 1.5 lakh, was that booth-capturing? Tell her to win elections first, then act as head of the village. She has not got any proof of what she is saying. First, win an election and then say something."
On Monday, Irani retweeted a BJP worker's tweet which says that a woman who was voting in booth no 316 which in Gauriganj was forced to vote for the Congress.
Irani has commented on the tweet saying that 'Rahul Gandhi has ensured booth capturing'. She has tagged the Congress president and the Election Commission.
"...took my hand and forcefully pushed the button for Congress, though I was going to vote for BJP," the woman says.
Talking to media, she said, "If Rahul Gandhi does not get the mandate he will steal the mandate. People of the country have to decide whether this kind of politics of Rahul Gandhi should be punished or not. I have tweeted an alert to the administration and Election Commission, hope they take action."
Earlier on Sunday, Irani who is contesting from Amethi Lok Sabha seat against Congress president Rahul Gandhi, made sensational allegations that a man died after he was denied treatment at Amethi's Sanjay Gandhi Hospital because he was were holding an Ayushman Bharat card. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi are trustees of the hospital.